Tank and the Bangas bring the Chapel to their knees

Literally. The sold out crowd at the Chapel came closer to the ground of a San Francisco public space than they ever have and ever will go, thanks to the cover of Anderson .Paak’s “Never Come Down”.  Tank and the Bangas treat the stage more like a living room than a pedestal; each band member is interacting with one another, occupying each others space, speaking across the room with riffs and melodies.  There was no personal space to be had onstage or in the crowd. You might have thought that they were just playing one song for two hours because there was not one moment without music after the band took the stage.

On stage, Tarriona “Tank” Ball is as playful as she is soulful. Vocalist Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph, masked by the clouds of marijuana smoke by the front row on stage-right, wore light-up sneakers that would have been the brightest thing in any other place but this lit-up stage. On the saxophone, Albert Allenbeck seemed to play music with his body as his sax (and occasional flute) flitted in every direction.

The band is not the first Tiny Desk winner to play the Chapel. Fantastic Negrito brought similar vivacity here in 2015.

Best Tuesday night ever.

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Tank and the Bangas bring the Chapel to their knees

Literally. The sold out crowd at the Chapel came closer to the ground of a San Francisco public space than they ever have and ever will go, thanks to the cover of Anderson .Paak’s “Never Come Down”.  Tank and the Bangas treat the stage more like a living room than a pedestal; each band member is interacting with one another, occupying each others space, speaking across the room with riffs and melodies.  There was no personal space to be had onstage or in the crowd. You might have thought that they were just playing one song for two hours because there was not one moment without music after the band took the stage.

On stage, Tarriona “Tank” Ball is as playful as she is soulful. Vocalist Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph, masked by the clouds of marijuana smoke by the front row on stage-right, wore light-up sneakers that would have been the brightest thing in any other place but this lit-up stage. On the saxophone, Albert Allenbeck seemed to play music with his body as his sax (and occasional flute) flitted in every direction.

The band is not the first Tiny Desk winner to play the Chapel. Fantastic Negrito brought similar vivacity here in 2015.

Best Tuesday night ever.

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